DR Karen Block

DR Karen Block


  • Community Health and Wellbeing (Disadvantaged children and families)
  • Refugee studies
  • Social Inclusion (Refugee settlement)



  • Dr Karen Block is a Research Fellow within the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Team in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Karen has an interest in qualitative methodologies, mixed methods research and research ethics. She is currently working on a range of projects involving children and young people with a focus on social inclusion, health inequalities, evaluating complex interventions and working in collaborative partnerships with the community. She is an active member of a number of interdisciplinary groups including Researchers for Asylum Seekers (RAS) and the Melbourne Refugee Studies Program.

    Her recently completed doctoral project, Refugee Youth, Social Inclusion and Health, aimed to contribute to a deeper understanding of the issues impacting on social inclusion for newly-arrived adolescent and young adult refugees in Australia and to inform policy and program development relating to service provision for this population and was supported by a NHMRC postgraduate scholarship and a Sidney Myer Health Scholarship. Building on this, current projects focus on refugee background young people and families in a range of Australian settings. She is also a member of the Beyond Bushfires research team, engaged in a study of the medium to long term impacts on communities of the February 2009 'Black Saturday' bushfires in Victoria.   


Member of

  • Australasian Evaluation Society. Member 2011 -
  • Public Health Association of Australia. Member 2009 -


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Education and training

  • GCALL, University of Melbourne 2014
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2013
  • MPH, University of Melbourne 2007
  • BA(HONS), University of Melbourne 1998
  • BVSC(HONS), University of Melbourne 1986

Awards and honors

  • Graduate Certificate in Advanced Learning and Leadership, University of Melbourne, 2012
  • Sidney Myer Health Scholarship, 2009
  • NHMRC, 2009



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I completed my PhD investigating factors influencing social inclusion and wellbeing amongst recently-arrived refugee-background youth in 2012. Current research interests include social inclusion and social capital, refugee settlement, health equity, and the role of sports participation in promoting inclusion. I also have an interest in qualitative methodologies, mixed methods studies and research ethics.